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Carbon projects and Indigenous land in northern Australia

Dore, Jeremy, Michael, Christine, Russell-Smith, Jeremy, Tehan, Maureen and Caripis, Lisa (2014). Carbon projects and Indigenous land in northern Australia. The Rangeland Journal,36(4):389-402.

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Title Carbon projects and Indigenous land in northern Australia
Author Dore, Jeremy
Michael, Christine
Russell-Smith, Jeremy
Tehan, Maureen
Caripis, Lisa
Journal Name The Rangeland Journal
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 36
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1036-9872   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84907584382
Start Page 389
End Page 402
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Land activities contribute ~18% of total greenhouse gas emissions produced in Australia. To help reduce these emissions, the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) was implemented in 2011 to encourage land projects, which reduce the production of greenhouse gases and/or sequester carbon in the land. Prospective projects include savanna fire management and rangelands management, which have high relevance in northern Australia where Indigenous landholding is strong. This paper explores the land-tenure requirements necessary for these kinds of carbon projects to be approved by the Clean Energy Regulator. It provides an introduction to the CFI before discussing the land tenure requirements in the states of Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia with respect to both emissions reduction and carbon sequestration projects. Potential issues with the current framework are highlighted, especially in relation to native title.
Keywords Aboriginal
Carbon sequestration
Carbon credits
Environmental services
Property rights
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